A Gift of Poison by Kate Avery Ellison – Spotlight, Preview, Author Interview

Posted December 5, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Author Introductions, Blog Tours, Book Spotlight, Giveaways /

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A Gift of Poison by Kate Avery Ellison - Spotlight, Preview, Author Interview

I was excited to see that Kate Avery Ellison was included in this book tour. If you like fantasy and haven’t yet read her books, be sure to grab every one of them that you can! I loved the Frost Chronicles and have been enjoying The Kingmaker’s War series as well.

A Gift of Poison by Kate Avery Ellison – Spotlight, Preview, Author Interview

A Gift of Poison

by Kate Avery Ellison

Series: Curio #1
Publication Date October 12, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 218


Steampunk. Romance. Dragons. A new novel by bestselling author Kate Avery Ellison.

As the orphaned niece of a cruel lord, Briand is the scapegoat of the castle. She has few friends and even fewer options, and every day is a struggle to stay ahead of trouble caused by malicious guards and irritable castle servants.

Briand is set to be banished to the wildlands, a death sentence, when she when she accidentally unlocks a hidden power and involves herself in a rebel plot and her life abruptly changes.

Imprisoned in the company of a band of rebels, Briand must do what seems impossible: call up sleeping dragons in the north. But the fearsome Prince's assassins called Seekers are looking for her, Briand doesn't know if she can trust the mysterious, enigmatic rebel leader Kael, and there might be a traitor in the rebels' midst.

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Author Interview

Q. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

A. The part where I am daydreaming and brainstorming about the fantastical worlds that my stories are set in. My Frost Chronicles series had one of my favorite settings of all the stories I’ve written—a harsh, icy landscape of snow and forest, with monsters that came out only at night and were repelled by these strange blue flowers that bloomed even in the snow. It’s like getting to be a kid again when I am imagining what the story’s setting and world will be like. I love it.

Q.What’s your least-favorite part of the writing process?

A. I loathe writing the end of a book. I don’t know why, but I find that final bit of the process excruciating. I guess I just don’t like ending things. I usually cope with chocolate and donuts.

Q. What books have you read and loved lately?

A. I just finished The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I adored it. Also, I recently devoured, and I mean devoured, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Don’t let the inspirational fiction-y  title deter you. It’s a weird, beautiful, twisted fantasy and I am obsessed with it.

Q. Best news you’ve heard all day?

A. I just read online that Disney is making a show about Loki for their new streaming site. And it will be played by Tom Hiddleston. Disney, take my money. Take all my money right now. Also, a record number of women were elected to Congress in the midterm elections, which is awesome.

Q. What’s your favorite month and why is it October?

A. Seriously, I feel like we should just all accept the fact that October is objectively the best month of the year. It’s got fall. It’s got crisp mornings and blustery afternoons and that magical  slant of the sunlight as the days get shorter. It’s got riots of color in the changing leaves. It’s got Halloween and hayrides and haunted houses. Anne Shirley didn’t want to live in a world without Octobers and neither do I. As a runner-up, I do like December despite the hectic insanity of the holidays.

Q. Who is your ideal reader of your books?

A. My ideal reader is someone who loves young adult fantasy with strong and emotionally resilient heroines, quirky side characters, a bit of witty banter, and at least one or two unexpected twists or reveals. They might also be fans of Robin Mckinley, Megan Whalen Turner, Holly Black, Melina Marchetta, or Susan Ee.

Other Books in the Series


Tour Schedule

(Links won’t work until the posts go live.)

December 1st: Launch
December 2nd: Gillian Bronte Adams – The Songkeeper Chronicles
December 3rd: Morgan L. Busse – Mark of the Raven
December 4th: Evangeline Denmark – Curio
December 5th: Kate Avery Ellison – A Gift of Poison
December 6th: J.M. Hackman – Spark
December 7th: Ronie Kendig – Embers
December 8th: C.E. Laureano – Oath of the Brotherhood
December 9th: Belle Malory – The Twelfth Keeper
December 10th: Melissa McShane – Voyager of the Crown
December 11th: J. Ellen Ross – The Remembered Queen
December 12th: Jennifer Silverwood – Silver Hollow
December 13th: Melissa Wright – Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
December 14th: Morgan Wylie – The Age of Alandria Series
December 15th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Grand Prize #1: Winner will receive a FIRE HD 8 TABLET along with the following ebooks (open  to those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area can receive Kindle gifted copies of ebooks):

  • CURIO, MARK OF BLOOD and ALCHEMY (The Curio Prequel), and THE ICE CHILD (a holiday novelette) by Evangeline Denmark
  • A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison
  • THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
  • SERVANT O THE CROWN or VOYAGER OF THE CROWN (winner’s choice) by Melissa McShane
  • SILVER HOLLOW by Jennifer Silverwood
  • THE FREY SAGA (Books 1-3) ebook box set by Melissa Wright

Grand Prize #2: Winner will receive the following print books (open to continental US residents):

  • ORPHAN’S SONG by Gillian Bronte Adams
  • MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse
  • SPARK by J.M. Hackman
  • ABIASSA’S FIRE 3-book collection by Ronie Kendig
  • The complete set of SONG OF SEARE TRILOGY by C.E. Laureano
  • SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie

Ends December 19, 2018

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About Kate Avery Ellison

Kate Avery Ellison wishes she could live in a place where it's always October, but until that's
possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, two children, and two cats.

When she isn't dreaming up her next novel, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on
Netflix, reading on her Kindle, and dancing in her kitchen.


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